Another ObamaCare Gap in Coverage Exposes Tangled Safety Net
How big is a "gap" in coverage when it affects 840,000 people?
The Los Angeles Times says that California is racing to pass a “bridge” program into law that helps individuals and families likely to be caught between qualifying for Medi-Cal (the state’s version of Medicaid), and ObamaCare’s new state-based health insurance exchange.
In California, residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $15,000 a year, will be eligible for Medi-Cal next year. Individuals earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level, or about $46,000, will be eligible for subsidies through the exchange, known as Covered California.
The Covered California board approved a plan in March to help patients expected to jump between the two. The "bridge plan" would enable patients now on…[more]
Flush with an estimated $6 billion in new annual tax revenues after voters passed Proposition 30, California Governor Jerry Brown is claiming victory over the state’s chronic budget deficit. But Brown’s failure to reform two of the main drivers of overspending – public employee unions and their collective bargaining rights – will mean continuing deficits are here to stay.
A new study by the Pacific Research Institute explains why.
In 2011, outside research cited in the PRI study revealed that California government workers enjoy a compensation premium…
"First they came for Fox News, and they did not speak out — because they were not Fox News. Then they came for government whistleblowers, and they did not speak out — because they were not government whistleblowers. Then they came for the maker of a YouTube video, and — okay, we know how this story ends. But how did we get here? Turns out it’s a fairly swift sojourn from…[more]